Tyler Walker admits he is happy he was not sent out on loan again as he looks to make the most of his opportunities at Nottingham Forest.
The striker saw temporary spells at Stevenage and Port Vale curtailed last season before returning to fitness this summer.
Walker scored the extra-time winner at Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup and then earned a crucial penalty in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Hull City.
The 21-year-old is happy with the faith Warburton has shown in him and is understandably eager for further chances.
“I learned quite a lot in two loan spells last season. I’m really enjoying the chance to play for Forest this season,” he said.
“I try to take the opportunities as they come and do the best I can.
“I’m just enjoying it and hopefully I get more chances. I’m learning a lot from the senior players. It would be silly of us young lads not to learn from them.
“There were discussions with the manager about going on loan and how much game time I was going to get, but after the Newcastle game it was decided it was the best option for me to stay here.
“I’m very pleased with that decision. Game time is the main thing for me. My goal is to keep taking chances when they come and nail down a first team place regularly.
“The Championship is a tough league. Each game is very different.
“As a younger player you’re learning all the time when to do this and not do that.
“I was buzzing to come on at Hull. I got quite bit of time and I tried to make an impact.
“I was going to shoot for the penalty. Some of the lads joked that I dived, but I wanted to shoot and his leg got caught in between mine. It was a penalty.”
It is two years since Walker burst on the scene as a gangly teenager with a brilliant goal at Brentford. However, this season he has bulked up and appears to be a more well-rounded player.
He says some of that comes from hard work in the gym while he was injured.
“Last season around January I got injured. I was out for the rest of the season,” he said.
“I wanted to come back in the best shape I could. We had a new manager and I wanted to impress him.
“I don’t know if it’s just growing up or what, but I worked hard in the gym when I was injured.”